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Superlux VS Budget Condensers

Discussion in 'Recording' started by imloggedin, Mar 6, 2005.

  1. imloggedin

    imloggedin Guest

    ive just got into recording and have started with the lowest line superlux condenser. it seems to do an amazing job for the price i paid ($40). i will soon be purchasing another condenser but dont wanna go above $250. i am really interested in finding out how the Superlux CM-H8D sounds, because it seems like they are under rated mics that no one uses, but are extremely cheap and from what ive heard sounds great. but thats why im asking the experts here. how would this compare to a Rode NT1A or anything in that price range, for vocals mostly but i would also like to record acoustic and have a versatile mic that i can keep awhile. thanks.
  2. Thomaster

    Thomaster Guest

    ive used the CMH8-A a while ago and it amazed me!
    i used it to record a 4x12" cabinet and it sounded great
    serious value for that little money.

    of course a Rode would be better..
  3. imloggedin

    imloggedin Guest

    how can you say "ofcourse a rode would be better". have you listened to an NT1 vs a CMH8A or CMH8D (tube)?
  4. Lerxst

    Lerxst Guest

    I have used the Superlux CM-H8A for various instruments including vocals. I find for electric guitar this mic has been very good. For vocals and acoustic guitar - not the results I was looking for.

    I have not used the NT1A but...

    I have a Rode k2 that I am evaluating, and so far I like what I hear for vocals. Based on my initial try-out, I think that this mic will also work well for acoustic guitar. I haven't tried it with electric, bass, or percussion yet. It's response is definitely smoother than the Superlux

    Back on the Superlux, It's a bit "peaky" around the 4-5K range, but this has worked well for electric. One thing about the Superlux stuff is that it is cheap Chinese made. I've already had one go bad, and I'm not sure if I want to replace it with the same.

    I have several more mic's that I am going to eval, but I'm waiting for them to arrive.
  5. Thomaster

    Thomaster Guest

    no youre right i havent.
    its just prejudice.
  6. imloggedin

    imloggedin Guest

    i agree about quality of materials probably being better on the RODE, but as far as price and recording quality is concerned, what would i be getting with the CM-H8A vs an NT1A? the NTK is a 450$ tube mic, i cant compare it to that. thanks for the thoughts though.
  7. imloggedin

    imloggedin Guest

    also, how does the MXL V67G relate to these 2?
  8. sproll

    sproll Active Member

    Oct 7, 2004
    Studio Projects C1.

    Best bang for the buck. :cool:
  9. maintiger

    maintiger Distinguished Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
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    I have an NT1 and its a cool mic through decent pres- we actually did a shoot out last year and compared quite a few mics and pres and the nt1 compared favorably to a couple of 87's we used, but only through good pres- with cheap pres the 87s still had a sheen that in the nt1 was a shrill.
    through cheap pres, such as art mps, behringers, etc the nt1 sounds very thin. I suspect this is the case with most of the cheaper mic offering. I heard someone say the same thing about the C1- though we did not have one at the time to include in this shoot out. 8)
  10. Lerxst

    Lerxst Guest

    Just supporting what Xavier has stated. I ran the Superlux through this new pre/comp I just bought (LA-610), and it sounded great on the vocals.

    I have to say that I can't believe the difference a decent pre has made. Realtors always say "location-location-location". Now I know why I always hear "Good pre-good pre-good pre"!

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